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One of the most frequently asked questions on forum or Yahoo Answers is like below:

Anyone knows how to convert VOB files from DVD to a format iMovie can recognize?

VOB files usually exist on DVD discs, or are downloaded from movie sharing sites. When you put a commercial DVD disc and home DVD disc, you'll see lots of VOB files there. Besides VOB files, you'll also find IFO and BUP files inside the Video_TS folder. However, only VOB files contain the real DVD movies.

Why Convert VOB to iMovie?

When you try to import VOB to iMovie for editing, you'll find out that all VOB files in the Video_TS folder are just greyed out. That's because VOB is not supported by iMovie. To edit VOB files in iMovie (no matter iMovie HD, iMovie 08, iMovie 09, or iMovie 11), you have to convert VOB files to iMovie friendly format first. iMovie supports MOV, M4V and AVI with M-JPEG encoded. 

How to Convert VOB Files to iMovie Supported Format on Mac and PC

Previously, you can try to create an disk image file with VOB files by using Disk Utility and then import .dmg image to iMovie as camera. Actually, that is a workaround. But it doesn't work anymore. To import your local VOB files or VOB files from DVD discs to iMovie, the easiest way is to convert VOB to iMovie compatible format with a VOB converter software. Here I highly recommend this professional yet easy-to-use video converter - iSkysoft iMedia Converter Deluxe for Mac. It lets you convert VOB files to iMovie in a few clicks. An iMovie preset is included for easy access. See how below about converting VOB files to iMovie format.

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Step 1. Import VOB files to the program

Open Finder, and then locate and drag the VIDEO_TS folder containing your VOB files to this VOB to iMovie video converter. All movie titles or just the main movie (depending settings in the Preferences) will appear in the item try. To combine all VOB files, just check the Merge option at bottom of the user interface.

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Step 2. Select "iMovie" preset from output format list

The format tray locates in the middle of the window. Go to the Editing category and click "iMovie" to set it as the output format. By selecting the "iMovie" preset, you needn't to adjust the video settings like video format, video resolution, frame rate and more by yourself.

By the way, if you want to only import parts of the DVD movie into iMovie for further editing, you can trim the very parts before iMovie VOB files conversion. To do so, directly click the Edit button on the VOB video you want to edit. In the Adjust tab of the open up window, click the Add trim marker button to add markers to the play bar and then drag the markers to set the start point and end point. When done, close the window to save the result.

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Step 3. Start VOB to iMovie conversion

This VOB files to iMovie converter will convert VOB files rapidly, preserving 100% original quality. When finished, the output file is ready for being imported to iMovie for editing. All iMovie versions are supported, including iMovie '11, iMovie '09, iMovie '08, and iMovie HD.

Step 4. Import the converted VOB to iMovie

Finally, launch iMovie. In iMovie, go to the File menu, choose Import > Movies, and then navigate to the folder that your output VOB files are saved. Select the files and click "Import". 

The default folder for the output files is /Users/YOURHOME/Movies/iSkysoft iMedia Converter Deluxe. This folder can be changed to any folder you want by the Output option at bottom.

By converting VOB to iMovie compatible, you can easily enhance your video and make high quality movies with iMovie. Get this VOB to iMovie converter for Mac (Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion included) now.

Video Tutorial: How to Convert and Import VOB to iMovie

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Used to work. Doesn't work any more under Yosemite and I can't find any update which corrects this - so basically, since the update the app is useless for converting VOB. It won't even let me add the file.
Ivan Cook
If you have activated the deluxe version on your Mac, the tag will absolutely be removed. Pleas ensure you have downloaded and activated the right software: iSkysoft iMedia Converter Deluxe for Mac. If the problem still exists, please come to our online support for help.
I bought the deluxe version but I still get the iSkysoft tag on the screen on my videos. How can I remove it?
Dear customer, we are sorry to hear about that. Would you please directly contact our customer service team and give more details about the issue to We will focus on the case and solve it for you. Please do not worry.
I am trying to convert using your software, but it always stops when I have 1 sec left. Do u have a solution for this?
We are sorry to hear about that. But would you please contact our customer service team at ? We will follow up the case and solve it for you. Please do not worry.
I have tried to convert my .vob files to a format that I can import into i movie and when I follow your instructions and click and drag my .vob file from a DVD into the area on the screen that instructs me to \'Please drag media into this area\' I get stuck on the \'Loading file\' screen. This screen freezes and nothing else happens unless I then Force quit to get out of it. Can you please assist me?
Michelle N, you can only import the Video_TS folder to the program, it will come out with both video and audio.
Michelle N
I\'ll be trying this first thing tomorrow (thank you!), but I\'m guessing I\'ll need to ask this question anyway: the DVD a local business made for me (transferring my home miniDV video I made of my daughter at gymnastics competitions) has not only a Video_TS folder, but also an Audio_TS folder. Do I need to, and can I, import them separately to get both video AND audio? Thanks...
ohhh, so that\'s how. Great piece of software.

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